By Lauren Brant
The community congregated at the Hay Springs auditorium to celebrate the holiday season at The Night, The Lights and Music on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The high school band opened the program playing Christmas Echo, A Swingin’ Holiday, and Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Within the holiday swing ensemble, Hay Spring Music teacher Raime Varvel informed the audience the students’ rendition of We Three King’s, Silent Night, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas was inspired by jazz music.
Following the high school performance, Varvel directed the 7th and 8th grade band as they performed A Christmas Proclamation, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, and Good King Wenceslas.
With the holiday music echoing through the auditorium, students and the public sported their ugly sweaters as the audience voted for their top three favorites. Emma Roberts and Jaiden Anderson finished in third place with their extra large, conjoined sweater. Toby Scherbarth was awarded second place and Dorothy Wittig took first place with her festive sweater. After winning, Wittig informed the audience the reason why she wore the sweater was because she thought everyone in the choir was wearing one.
Members of the Hay Springs 7th and 8th grade choir took the stage to perform A Christmas Canon and Sing Noel! Noel! The high school choir followed up their performances with Winter Sleigh Ride. Then Hay Springs’ high school students Payton Schoenhals and Jessica Badje sang a duet called Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song).
The community choir, comprised of members of the surrounding communities, also performed during the holiday program. They sang Go Tell It On the Mountain, Sing Ye All, Now, Rejoice, Rockin’ Down the Chimney Tonight, Give Me Music, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
The program concluded with Schoenhals and Badje performing the second half of Breath of Heaven.